Posted: 22/03/2016 at 15:38
I've gardened here for 20 years, nearly, and lived in armed warfare with squirrels most of that time. Thus I know well what kind of thing they do and much as I'd like to blame them for everything - I don't honestly believe this is them.
Several pots of bulbs, well up and coming into flower, hyacinths, scilla, chinodoxia etc., have had every leaf pulled from them, & the bulbs virtually hollowed out. Daffodil flowers have been removed from stems and placed in another pot nearby - uneaten. I've never in more years of gardening seen damage quite like this. The only new thing we have in an overabundance of magpies - could it be them? We have the odd mouse and rat just like everyone else, but nothing new. The pots are large ones, most of them, and the damage done is incredibly severe - really nothing left at all. Then, to top it off, my white camellia, which was full of flowers, has had every flower taken off since yesterday afternoon, and the remains scattered in other pots around the area - anyone one with any ideas?
There is limited access to the garden, only from the front of the house, there are no back access points for humans, tho' of course any animal can get in if it chooses. We have foxes around, always have had, and I'm delighted to say the owls are in full cry - everything just as usual except this damage. Ideas, please?